Walk 184 – Divach Falls from Drumnadrochit

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The grand finale – Divach Falls

Divach Falls (pronounced ‘Jeevach’) can be reached via a short 300m walk from the car. But that’s no fun! So try one of these longer routes instead and see a bit more of the area while you are there.

Print  Dog-friendly walks (note approx half of route is along single track roads / residential streets)

  Extensive car parking at Drumnadrochit Tourist Information, A 82 (IV63 6TX)


Route 1 – Divach Falls from Drumnadrochit – 4.6 miles

A circular walk through ancient woodlands and along pretty single track roads to reach the spectacular Divach Falls. Good path surfaces all the way. Some gentle inclines. This is the easier of the two routes.

route image  Route:  From Drumnadrochit Tourist Information car park, head right (South) along the A82. Take the first right (West) onto Pitkerrald Road. You will be following way markers for the Affric Kintail Way at first. Turn left (South West) at a fork 200m along. The road soon becomes a rougher track and enters Craigmonie Woods. Stay on this main track through the woods for almost 1km until emerging at some houses. Turn right (South West) to walk along the edge of the residential area – signposted ‘Balmacaan Walk’. After 140m, at a fork, keep right (West). At the end of this track turn left (East) to follow the blue and white way markers to a gate. Go through the gate then turn right (South West) and follow this track as it zig zags down to a single track road. Turn right (South West) onto the road – signposted ‘Dhivach’ on a 3-way directional post. Stay on the road for 1.5km as it crosses the River Coiltie and winds it’s way steadily uphill to Divach Falls car park. Go through the gate in the car park, as directed by the signpost ‘Dhivach Falls 300m’. Follow the pleasant woodland path down to the Divach Falls viewpoint. Retrace your steps to the car park then back down the single track road to the 3-way directional post. This time continue ahead (North East) in the direction of Drumnadrochit. Stay on this residential street – Balmacaan Road – for 1.3km to reach the A82. Turn left (North West) and walk along the roadside pavement to return to Drumnadrochit Tourist Information car park.

Divach Falls from Drumnadrochit

Route 2 – Divach Falls via Craigmonie and Balmacaan Woods – 5.8 miles

The slightly longer and more challenging option, this route takes you on a magical mystery tour of the beautiful Craigmonie Woods along part of the Affric Kintail Way, before heading along peaceful single track roads to reach Divach Falls. An easy return on paved surfaces then awaits.

route imageRoute: From Drumnadrochit Tourist Information car park, head right (South) along the A82. Take the first right (West) onto Pitkerrald Road. You will be following way markers for the Affric Kintail Way at first. Turn left (South West) at a fork 200m along. The road soon becomes a rougher track and enters Craigmonie Woods. Almost immediately on entering the woods, turn right (North East) onto a narrow trail which passes a giant redwood tree. From the tree head North, following the way markers with the red and green stripes. As you walk up the trail for the next 700m you should keep right at any forks, aiming to stay on the path closest to the edge of the woods. You are following the Affric Kintail Way. After approx 1.4km, you will reach a fork where you turn left (East) to come off the Affric Kintail Way. The landscape soon opens up with fields to your right-hand side. For the next 1.5km there will be other path options, but always choose the one which keeps the field close to your right. After 1.5km the path emerges onto a wider track. Turn right (South) and walk along the track. When you reach a gate at the entrance (and exit) of Balmacaan Woods, go through the gate then turn right (South West) and follow this track as it zig zags down to a single track road. Turn right (South West) onto the road – signposted ‘Dhivach’ on a 3-way directional post. Stay on the road for 1.5km as it crosses the River Coiltie and winds it’s way steadily uphill to Divach Falls car park. Go through the gate in the car park, as directed by the signpost ‘Dhivach Falls 300m’. Follow the pleasant woodland path down to the Divach Falls viewpoint. Retrace your steps to the car park then back down the single track road to the 3-way directional post. This time continue ahead (North East) in the direction of Drumnadrochit. Stay on this residential street – Balmacaan Road – for 1.3km to reach the A82. Turn left (North West) and walk along the roadside pavement to return to Drumnadrochit Tourist Information car park.

Divach Falls via Craigmonie
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Impressive Giant Redwood just off the main path. An interpretation board beside it invited us to feel the bark and what a surprise when we did! Won’t give anything away – try it and see :-)
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These green/red marker posts led the way through the woods. Often there wasn’t much in the way of a visible footpath so they were really handy!
A fair distance into the woodland section of the walk, the path started to open up onto a pleasant wide grassy path looking over fields to the right.
Walking along the quiet country roads leading up to the Falls car park, I was in awe of the sheer amount of moss growing on the tree branches. I knew from spending time out and about with some of my Countryside Ranger friends that this was a sign of good air quality. Wow, the best air quality I’ve ever come across in that case, was right here!

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